[Update, July 25:] Team Xbox member Jake Rosenberg has confirmed that this update will also apply to Xbox One consoles! Rosenberg says that last-gen machines are now booting up "noticeably faster" after the animation changes, currently live for Xbox Insiders.
[Original Story, July 24:] You know that start-up animation you get when you turn on your Xbox Series X or Series S from a cold boot? The one that shows the Xbox logo and plays a little chime? Well, it's getting a minor change in the very near future.
Already available in certain Xbox Insider rings, the new animation has been reduced from nine seconds to four seconds, in an attempt to "help reduce the overall startup time". Here's the confirmation of this:
Of course, you only see this startup animation when your console isn't placed into "Instant-on" mode, so it might not be something you experience every time, depending on what energy settings you've activated on your console.
It's definitely a nice little addition regardless, and hopefully it'll find its way to the rest of the Xbox Insider rings, followed by a public rollout, in the relatively near future. You can check out some footage of the new boot sequence below:
Happy with this? Have you got it already? Let us know down in the comments below.
Nice! I don’t have by Series X in Instant On mode any more. It saves quite a bit of power, and with the ultra fast hard drive and processor a cold boot is as quick as Instant On was on the Xbone
Still a couple seconds shaved off is nice.
@PhileasFragg Same here, I don't use instant-on mode. It takes about the same time to grab the remote and turn the TV on as it takes the dashboard to appear on screen. A shorter intro (over 50% shorter!) is a very nice change, though.
I don't use 'instant on' myself and never thought that the 'boot' time was excessive. It boots up quicker than my PC, my Mobile etc. Its usually ready to start playing before I am fully ready to start. I rarely see the 'boot-up' screen if I turn my console on first as by the time its turned on the TV and switched to the right port, my console is 'ready' to start...
I'm not going to complain if its quicker but that its not exactly sluggish to begin with. 5s is hardly a game changing difference, you aren't going to achieve a lot in those 'extra' 5s you have now gained...
As I said, I'm not complaining or being critical as its still a positive improvement but the reality is that it was 'quick' before and its not like the saving will now allow someone to achieve much more in their 'limited' game time. If you have an hour to play, the extra '5s' a quicker boot-up allows isn't suddenly enabling you to play an extra mission, online match or reach the 'next' checkpoint.
I can still remember when you had to wait and wait and wait for games to load from tapes. A time when you would set a game loading, go and make a coffee, have a meal or go do something for a while and when you got back, it was just finishing off loading the title screen so you'd have to wait for the last bit to load. Its so quick today by comparison and a few seconds difference (whether on 'boot-up' or on Game Loading/fast travel) isn't enabling me to do a lot more 'in game' (take 2 or 3 steps at most) and isn't transformative to the experience for me but I do appreciate its an improvement...
Series X load up is currently sluggish compared to the Switch so the update is appreciated.
I don't use instant on because I have a dust cover on my Series X when it's not in use and I don't like my external hard drive on the whole time my system is off(standby). The console cold boots quick anyway. By the time I turn my TV on, it's at the dashboard. But I won't complain if it starts up quicker...
@Grumblevolcano I think PS5 is the slowest of the 3. But I agree, Switch is basically instant. Sleep mode works well with the portability of the Switch.
@BAMozzy and sometimes the tape would fail to load after 20 mins
Good to hear but not really that important for me. Anyone know if you can stop it from making that boot up noise?
@YouTrash Mute your TV?
@el_pieablo Ain't that the truth!!
The number of times you'd get back and see the point at which the problems started as the title screen would become corrupted and you just knew the load was going to fail...
So you'd wait, just to see if it had. Then when it failed, start again (or pick another game) turning the volume up on the tape player incase that helped and sit there being sang at by what sounded like a Fax machine for another 20mins.....
I don't miss those days but it also means that I don't find a few seconds saving to be transformative. Its not like I can achieve more in an hour long gaming session thanks to a few extra seconds saved on boot-up. Again not criticising or complaining, but it really isn't going to make any real difference to me.
Its the same when DF compare PS5 to XSX loading times - when PS5 can load a level a few seconds faster - its not enough to make any real difference to the gaming experience. Of course cutting down a 2min XB1/PS4 era game to 20s is quite a transformative difference, but not 18s vs 20s - those 2s don't let you do much more in game...
@KilloWertz But if i Mute my TV I cant hear my game audio. Just xbox been trash. Maybe with the faster boot up the noise will also be faster so wont hear it aslong. Thanks for your help tho.
@YouTrash well if you change it to instant-on you'd skip the boot up noise. There's really no other way
Be nice if you could press a button on your controller and skip it completely.
@YouTrash I meant temporarily muting the TV until it starts up, but it was more of a joke than anything else since it doesn't last that long. Oh well.
The only time i do a cold boot it's when I reset my console (aka about once a month) so it doesn't affect me that much but it's nice to see improvement on all fronts.
Can't say I really care about this. I mean yeah, it's cool that it's faster soon, but it was fast enough for me to begin with lol.
I use instant on because it's necessary for remote play, and because of patches on the background. I do sometimes switch it to energy saver though if I'm not using it a lot, so this is a fun change. Anything that makes games as close to instant at possible. It's why switch is still super convenient, it's just there, always, push a button and you're in your game instantly and reboots for updates really like 10 seconds. Even my phone makes me wait 10 minutes or more for upgrade reboots.
@BAMozzy that's if the tape would even load! 😂 Cartridges were such a gamechanger back then!
I use the Eco mode, boot times don't bother me.
@YouTrash The PS4 awful beeps drive me nuts. The Xbox sound is more pleasant and it can be turned off and if you mean the boot up cinematic sound just turn the TV on after turning the console on.
@FraserG I am checking the settings and instant-on mode has been officially renamed to standby. The coolish term is dead LOL.
Who can afford to keep their console placed on ‘instant on’ mode these days?
Glad it’s been made a bit faster…but really hope they haven’t changed the epic noise it makes as the logo pops up…a noise that instantly suggests Xbox is here to blow you away with power and class…so yeah, they’re bound to have changed it.
it's so fast it's almost funny 🤣😊👌👍
@YouTrash I turned mine off ages ago. It’s an option in the settings. Boot up chime it’s called.
@BundyDanger that's the sound that comes from the xbox itself
@Cherip-the-Ripper Oops. Sorry. 😂 I’ve had it muted so long and standby mode on so long I forgot about the other sound.
@el_pieablo or you would forget there was a prompt screen somewhere in the loading process.
@TheIronChimp please switch to side b
@PhileasFragg running your tv and console on. Standby costs roughly £5 per year more than switching it off cold, meh.
That's nice, but what I'd really like is a fix of the Quick Resume. It doesn't work well EVER.
This would be cool if the boot up sound didn't rattle the house if I left the stereo up.
@iplaygamesnstuff It's glorious. Like when people blasted that THX sound before a film 😆
@Broosh The THX sound was amazing. I'm not saying the boot up sound isn't nice. It's just too much if you aren't expecting it.
@iplaygamesnstuff Oh absolutely! For me it signals I wasn't the last one to use the TV when that booming intro is 10+ volume levels higher than usual.
When I think about it, the boot time animation/ear blaster, is somewhat overdone on series consoles.
@Broosh LOL That's great. Although I'd be impressed if my cats played my Xbox while I was at work. I would just put a webcam up if I found this out though.
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